Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services: Windows Server 2008 includes a new Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) role that provides developers the ability to store data for directory-enabled applications without incurring the overhead or extending the Active Directory schema to support their applications. Each AD LDS instance has its own schema, which allows developers to create, deploy, and upgrade directory-enabled applications without worrying about the one-way nature of Active Directory schema modifications.
Configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Just follow below steps to configure Active Director Lightweight Directory Services. You must be logged on as a member of the local Administrators group to begin this process.
- Click the Start menu and select Server Manager.
- Click Roles and then click Add Roles under the Roles Summary section.
- Read the Before You Begin window and click Next.
- On the Select Server Roles window, place a checkmark next to Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services. Click Next to continue.
- You will be presented with and introduction to Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services that provides a number of helpful hints for installing and administering AD LDS. Some of these tips include the following items:
- After installing AD LDS, instances of AD LDS can be created using the AD LDS Setup Wizard in the Administrative Tools folder.
- Before removing the AD LDS role, you need to remove all instances of AD LDS that you have configured on this server.
Click Next after you read the introduction to AD LDS window.
- Click Install to begin the installation Process. The Server Manager will appear to pause for a few minutes while the AD LDS binaries are installed.
- After the AD LDS binaries have installed, click Close.
- Click Start, click Administrative Tools, and then click Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Setup.
- Click Next to bypass the initial Welcome window.
- Click A unique instance to create a new AD LDS instance, and click Next to continue.
- On the instance Name window, key AP-APP as a unique name for the AD LDS instance. Click Next to continue.
- The default ports used to communicate with an AD LDS instance are TCP port 389 for LDAP and TCP port 636 for SSL secured communications. Click Next to continue.
- On the Application Directory Partition window, select No, do not create an application directory partition. By selecting this option, all AD LDS data will be stored on the local server. If you select the option to create an application directory partition, you can store and replicate AD LDS data inside a custom application directory partition within Active Directory. Click Next to continue.
- On the File Locations window, select a directory to store the AD LDS data files and data recovery files.
- On the Service Account Selection window, select the account that this AD LDS instance should run under. The default is the Network service account. Maintain this default selection and click Next to continue.
- On the AD LDS Administrators window, select the user or group that will have administrative rights to this LDS instance. The default is the Network service account. Maintain this default selection and click Next to continue.
- On the importing LDIF file window, select one or more predefined LDIF files to import into the schema of this AD LDS instance. Click Next to continue.
- On the Ready to install window, confirm your selections and click Next to begin the configuration of this LDS instance.
- Click Finish when the installation is complete.
By following above process you can successfully configure Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services. If you have any question or confusion regarding above topic do comment below.